On Holding Together This Structure
Mar 02, 2004
Iron Lute

In my previous posts, I've answered the question "What Is An
Outline?" from the point of view of Iron Lute. The resulting data
structures are somewhat complicated. These data structures are at the
heart of Iron Lute; if they fail, the entire program can come crashing
down. Moreover, if nobody is capable of correctly using the data
structures, they are still useless. It's worth discussing

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Storing My Outlines
Feb 25, 2004
Iron Lute

One significant advantage a more conventional outline has over the
outline structure I've built up here is that it is much easier to
store the traditional outline in a file. Using XML, traditional
outlines are almost trivial to store:

<node text="A">
  <node text="B" />
  <node text="C" attribute="D" />

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Dos and Don'ts for DVD commentaries
Feb 23, 2004

And now for something a little different: Dos and Don'ts
for DVD commentaries. I enjoy them but it seems somes producers need

Feb 22, 2004
Iron Lute

I just had pretty much the worst week ever at work, which accounts for
my not posting anything this week. How bad? I just finally noticed
today that I didn't post my Monday Iron Lute post.

I can only hope this week is better. Unfortunately, it doesn't show
any particular signs of improving, so posts may be slowed up this week

This week instead of continuing on with my outline series of posts,
I think I may jump ahead and discuss the file format for my outline
model, which is what I'm working on right now. Designing a file format
to hold the data hasn't been too hard, but it's been a bit of a brain
bender trying to figure out the best way to implement it. There
are a few interesting things you can do with an outline structure you
can't do with a conventional flat file, and I want to make sure that
those things are possible. What day this will get posted, I don't
know, since I still have to write it.

Legality of do-not-call list upheld
Feb 18, 2004

Hey, good news!

A federal court upheld the constitutionality of the National Do Not Call Registry on Tuesday, finally settling a legal battle around enforcement and leaving the popular list in place for the 57.2 million registered.

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